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The classic Mexican dessert – Tres Leches Cake – goes single sized in these Tres Leches Cupcakes that would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration.

The classic Mexican dessert- Tres Leches Cake - goes single sized in these Tres Leches Cupcakes that would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration.

This recipe was originally posted May 5, 2010. Photos and post updated April 2015.

I’ve learned quite a bit about blogging over the past few years. I guess it’s a given that you learn and grow when you have been doing this as long as I have. But sometimes, I have to go back and laugh at some of the posts from my early years.

Take this post, for example. Many times, when I’m updating the photos and/or recipe on a post, I’ll just write a few sentences about why I decided to update, and if I have any new thoughts. But besides that, I usually leave the post itself alone.

Unless it’s a recipe like this one. It was seriously a 2 sentence blog post. So I did something I don’t normally do. I just deleted the whole thing and decided to start fresh.:)
Recipe for Tres Leche's Cupcakes
I’m making sure that you have dessert covered this Cinco de Mayo. First there was the Fried Ice Cream Recipe with Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Bowls. And now, today, we have tres leches. But not just any tres leches – Tres Leches Cupcakes.

If you are a fan of tres leches cake, you are going to love these Tres Leches Cupcakes. A light, airy cupcake is poked and then soaked with a three milk mixture. Top it off with fresh whipped cream, a bit of cinnamon, and a sliced strawberry. The original recipe does call for the cupcakes to be made in the foil lined cupcake liners, but when I went to make them this time, I didn’t have any. So I walked on the wild side and just used regular paper liners. There were some that got a little messy when I got a little messy adding the milk mixture, but the paper liners held up well. I did add an additional liner before serving them, though, just in case the wrappers were a little fragile from the milk mixture.

I want to pretend that every day is Cinco de Mayo so we will have the excuse to make these! (But ps – they are good any day – not just for Cinco de Mayo!)
Tres Leches Cupcake recipe on tasteandtellblog.com

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Tres Leches Cupcakes
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The classic Mexican dessert- Tres Leches Cake - goes single sized in these Tres Leches Cupcakes that would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Serves: 24 cupcakes
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2¾ cup heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • cinnamon
  • strawberries
  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Line 24 muffin tins with foil lined cupcake liners.
  2. Combine the egg whites, baking soda and salt and whip until soft peaks form. Add in the yolks and the sugar, and mix until combined. Gently fold in the melted butter. Add the flour in 4 batches, folding in after each addition. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin tins.
  3. Bake the cupcakes in the oven until lightly browned, and a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven, and using a skewer or fork, poke holes all over the top of the cupcakes.
  4. While the cupcakes are baking, combine the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and ¾ cup cream.
  5. While the cupcakes are still a little warm, spoon the milk mixture over the tops of the cupcakes. (I like to go through and ladle over one spoonful of milk to each cupcake. When you are done, go back to the first cupcake and start again until all of the milk mixture has been absorbed.)
  6. Allow the cupcakes to full absorb the mixture, at least 30 minutes, but preferably overnight.
  7. To frost the cupcakes, beat the remaining 2 cups of heavy cream, slowly adding the powdered sugar. Beat until the whipped cream holds stiff peaks.
  8. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, then sprinkle lightly with cinnamon and serve with a slice of strawberry on top.
cupcake recipe source: Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes


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20 Responses to Tres Leches Cupcakes

  1. Maria says:

    Perfect sweet treat for Cinco de Mayo!

  2. Barbara says:

    I love a good tres leches cake so I bet these are divine. Going over to check out the recipe now!

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A wonderful Cinco de Mayo treat! Soooo good…



  4. Frieda says:

    I've only had this cake once and I love the idea of a cupcake size…heading on over!

  5. Sook says:

    I'm a huge fan of tres leches cake! These cupcakes look so amazing! I bet they taste great, too!

  6. Holly says:

    Yummy! These look really good:)

  7. . says:

    as always deb you make perfect cuppy cakes. very nice.
    and thanks again!!!

  8. Bellini Valli says:

    Perfect cupcakes for Cinco de Mayo with their Mexican twist. Oh happy day!!

  9. Joanne says:

    Why hello there beautiful. I'm going to go take a long, hard look at you!

  10. Kim says:

    I've always wanted to make a tres leche cake and your cupcakes are so cute! I'd love to take a big bit right now;D

  11. eatme_delicious says:

    Mmm yum I love tres leches cake!

  12. Erica says:

    Love torta de tres leches!!!It is the firts time I see tres leches cup cakes…Wonderful!!!

  13. My favorite cake flavour! Love that it’s in cupcake form!

  14. Annalise says:

    I bet these cupcakes are fabulous!!

  15. Boy, what I wouldn’t do for a couple of these cupcakes right now! Can you believe I’ve only had tres leches cake once before? I MUST change that!

  16. Dang! These look to DIE for. Cinco de Mayo is great. I can’t wait to try these. 😀

  17. Joanne Bruno says:

    I recently discovered just how fabulous tres leches cake is, and I will not soon be forgetting it! I kind of want to eat these cupcakes every day for the rest of forever.

  18. kita says:

    Cinco de Mayo may be my favorite holiday – so yes, let’s pretend it’s every day! And I was just going through some of my older photos… yeah, it’s time to update those pics! These cupcakes are stunning ;D plus they are tres leches… which means they are awesome.

  19. Chels R. says:

    This is a gorgeous cupcake! I think I need to eat 10 of them.

  20. I wish I had had this yummy treat for cinco de mayo!

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